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HARTFORD - The Hartford Central School District and the faculty association have agreed to a new three-year labor contract.

On Monday, the Board of Education approved the agreement, which will provide faculty with salary raises between 2 percent and 3.25 percent while lowering the district's contribution toward employee health benefits by half a percent for each year of the contract, said Superintendent Thomas Abraham.

"I think it benefits the school district because it does reduce the school district's commitment and cost associated with health insurance," said Abraham, who was the chief negotiator for the district. "It was a serious attempt to contain and control salary increases."

The association's current contract expires June 30, 2009.

The new agreement puts the union under contract through the 2011-12 school year.

The association has 58 members, with about 51 being teachers, Abraham said.

The others include teacher assistants, a nurse and psychologist.

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